50th Annual Open Judged May Show Opens at KIFA

Picked Clean - Oil - Bryan Greenlee (400 x 312)KIFA’s all important Golden Jubilee year-long celebration continues with the opening of the 50th Annual art competition at the Kent Island Federation of Arts in Historic Stevensville. The show runs through the month, closing on May 25, 2013. The May Show is a display of mixed mediums, including but not limited to oil, acrylic, pastel, pencil, and sculpture.

Professional artist Chris Mona is this year’s judge. Mr. Mona was born in Washington, DC in 1961, graduating from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1983 and from Pratt Institute with a Master of Fine Arts in 1985. Throughout his career, Mona has received numerous awards and grants. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally, including in Korea and Canada in 2009, and in 2010 he had a one person show at Creative Alliance, Baltimore, Md. In 2011, he completed the Aluminum Plate Lithography Workshop at Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM, under the direction of Rodney Hamon. Mona is a professor of art at Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Md., and also directs it’s Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery, and it’s Printmaking Studio.

Awards have been presented to the following artists:
Best in Show – Sally Clark, Mixed Media

First Place – Bryan Greenlee, Oil
Second Place – Cindy Golding, Acrylic
Third Place – Dennis Young, Oil

*Watermedia :
First Place – Tom Rohe
Second Place – Amy Maddox
Third Place – Amy Maddox
Honorable Mention – Tom Rohe

*Graphics/Photography :
First Place – Dennis Young
Second Place – Jay Sacks
Third Place – Maureen Wheatley
Honorable Mentions – Judy Wolgast & Rosanne Colvard
Again this year, the multi-talented Kent Island Garden Club has interpreted various works of the exhibit in creative floral arrangements which are not to be missed. These floral interpretations can be seen (as long as they last) at the KIFA Gallery, Wednesday through Friday, 10 – 4, and Saturday, 1 – 4.

KIFA, a non-profit (501c3) volunteer organization, seeks to develop and allocate resources to provide gallery and studio space, instruction, art shows and events for our members and the greater community. KIFA is partially funded by grants from the United Way and CFC

Photo courtesy of KIFA – First place, oil, Bryan Greenlee, ‘Picked Clean’